Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why I am not celebrating Christmas

In Gaza, they're eating grass.

In Sudan, thousands are being enslaved.

In Zimbabwe thousands have contracted cholera.

There is no peace on earth. There is nothing worth celebrating in an orgy of overeating and spending.



Anonymous Donald said...

I agree with you on all the issue the world has. That is precisely why I want to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is the beginning of the end of all the pain and suffering. I want to remember that the God of the universe cared and loved us so much to send us His Son. I hope that will influence me all year round to try and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Christmas is just an annual reminder.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Benjamin Ady said...

I'm with you Joe.

I can't honestly see what good God sending Jesus has done. Or perhaps I mean to say it doesn't really seem to live up to the hype.

Nevertheless, there is a little good to be found. I was moved by Paul Farmer's attitude. He worked in Haiti and eliminated Tuberculosis in their catchment area, among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. The guy sees the worst, and works his ass off, and says things like that he could eliminate malaria in the world with the money the West spends on pet grooming.

But he *also* is willing to celebrate and enjoy the good. He was sitting with a donor drinking some rather expensive bottle of wine, and fully enjoying it, and not feeling bad about that, even though later that week he would be back in Haiti working his ass off helping people whose life would be radically altered for the good with the price of that bottle of wine. He manages to balance these things somehow.

Or something.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Sounds like Paul Farmer is entitled to do that then, I don't begrudge him his moment of relaxation and enjoyment.

The problem is having the pleasure without the conscience.

1:04 AM  

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